Review: ‘Transylvania Twist’

Transylvania Twist is an occasionally hilarious horror spoof notable for the range of its comical targets. Filmmakers let all the stops out in silliness worthy of Mel Brooks.

Transylvania Twist is an occasionally hilarious horror spoof notable for the range of its comical targets. Filmmakers let all the stops out in silliness worthy of Mel Brooks.

Immediately with the teaser opening of perennial Jim Wynorski starlet Monique Gabrielle (uncredited though in a big role) being stalked through the woods by Jason, Freddy Krueger and Leatherface, pic applies a scattershot approach delving into other genres as well.

Robert Vaughn is delightful as a Dracula-styled vampire pronouncing the end of his last name Orlock with relish. His beautiful niece Teri Copley is an American singing star who travels to his castle in Transylvania upon the death of her father, accompanied by wise-cracking sidekick Steve Altman.

Mixed into the comic stew are many delightful reflexive bits: tracking camera that gets sidetracked on bodacious women passing by; a black & white sequence when star visits a set that looks left over from The Honeymooners; and a terrifically edited appearance by Boris Karloff.

Transylvania Twist

Production

Concorde. Director Jim Wynorski; Producer Alida Camp; Screenplay R.J. Robertson; Camera Zoran Hochstatter; Editor Nina Gilberti; Music Chuck Cirino; Art Director Gary Randall

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1989. Running time: 82 MIN.

With

Robert Vaughn Teri Copley Steve Altman Monique Gabrielle Angus Scrimm Ace Mask

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